Majestic Mekong River Cruise

8 Days
Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City
From (AUD)
$ 2,125
Dates & Pricing

2023/2024 Phnom Penh > Ho Chi Minh City

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Phnom Penh

    Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at Phnom Penh airport and transferred to embark your Emerald Cruises award-winning Star-Ship in Prek K’dam. Arrive by 03:00pm. Be welcomed by your captain and crew. Later, set sail whilst you enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Oudong - Phnom Penh

    Start your day with a visit to the Oudong Monastery and Temples. Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS.

    Spend the afternoon as you please, exploring with DiscoverMORE options or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. After dinner, enjoy a Phnom Penh by City Lights remork (tuk tuk) tour.


    Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour


    Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Oudong Temples


    Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Phnom Penh - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing

    Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country’s history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the small museum and learn about this sad historic chapter. Then you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge.

    Back on board Emerald Harmony, enjoy a Cambodian Street Fair lunch, before visiting the majestic Royal Palace with its French-inspired gardens, followed by a shopping stop at the central market located in the heart of the city.  This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation, before setting sail to the border. Celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.


    A cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation 

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tan Chau – Long Khanh Island

    In Tan Chau, EmeraldPLUS invites you to visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. Learn more about the long and complicated silk-making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk, created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, originating from Tan Chau silk village around 100 years ago. Board a sampan to Evergreen Island and walk through a local village for a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community.

    This afternoon, visit Long Khanh Island, known for its scarf weaving and Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda. After anchoring for the night near An long, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.


    Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory


    Lion Dance performance on board

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Evergreen Island 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - An Long - My An Hung

    Relax on board this morning or join our DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary.

    This afternoon, enjoy a visit to My An Hung village as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. Enjoy some local folk singing during the visit, wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village.

    Tonight, enjoy a Vietnamese family-style dinner.


    Tràm Chim National Park with Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)


    Visit to My An Hung village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sa Dec - Cai Be

    Visit Sa Dec on a walking tour, with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce.

    Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and, after lunch on board, you’ll arrive in Cai Be. Travelling via sampan, visit a coconut candy workshop and learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, then visit a local French colonial heritage villa.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

    Sit back, relax and take in a full day of sailing the magnificent Mekong River and canals. Watch as life in the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam awakens for another day as the ship departs early this morning to begin transiting the Cho Gao canal. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vista’s from the pool, to enjoy a treatment in the Wellness Area (additional expense), or to read a book and chat with new friends. Cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, fish farms, busy cargo barges and local fishing boats alike.

    Tonight, dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City with views of the city lights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation

    Bid farewell to your Emerald Star-Ship after breakfast this morning and be transferred to the HCMC airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 7 nights on board the Emerald Harmony
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • A visit to Oudong Temples
  • A visit to the Killing Fields & Tuel Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Visit to Royal Palace & central market
  • Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khan Island
  • Visit to local scarf weaving workshop
  • Visit to home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le
  • Visit to Tan Long Pagoda

  • Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing
  • Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by night
  • Visit to family owned Lanh My A silk producing factory
  • Onboard Lion Dance Performance
  • Visit to My An Hung village

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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